After One Week, Federal Shutdown Is Already Taking a Toll on Higher Ed

After One Week, Federal Shutdown Is Already Taking a Toll on Higher Ed 1

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As lawmakers remained at an impasse over the federal budget and a debt crisis loomed only a week away, colleges, students, and researchers all were seeing their work disrupted in ways large and small.

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As lawmakers remained at an impasse over the federal budget and a debt crisis loomed only a week away, colleges, students, and researchers all were seeing their work disrupted in ways large and small.

The government shutdown that began last week is already taking a toll on higher education, despite assurances from policy makers that colleges and students would be largely spared in the short term. Research projects have been interrupted, academic meetings have been postponed or canceled, and some students are being urged to put off their educations until the federal-budget impasse ends.

Such disruptions will only multiply as the shutdown drags on. Grant competitions could be